There are so many styles of yoga; like flavours of ice cream and it is good to try a few. At Live and Breathe Yoga, we practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga, which is a dynamic, movement-based style of yoga focusing on breath and movement together. There is an equal emphasis on strength as well as flexibility and is it designed to create heat in the body, so be prepared to sweat! It is a set sequence of postures and over time will allow the body to move more freely, become supple and strong. The flowing nature of the practice becomes a moving meditation, calming the mind. The only pre-requisite is a willingness to try and keep at it.
You can book into an Introduction to Ashtanga yoga 4 week course (these are running on specific dates, generally once a month all year round ) or you can try one of our regular beginner level classes (no need to book). Check out the courses page for dates of the next course or the current ongoing timetable.
The 4 week Introduction to Ashtanga course costs $149. Regular classes cost $18 per class or you can buy a multi-class pass with 5 classes for $85 or 10 classes for $160. (NB. These class cards have expiry dates). We also have unlimited passes and pay by the fortnight options too. You can pay in cash or with credit card at the studio or buy classes online. Further details and the option to book can be found on the prices page.
Please book in to the Introduction courses and workshops/intensives as these are on specific dates during the year and limited spaces. You don’t need to book into our regular ongoing classes on the timetable. Just turn up ready to feel great! You can pay online or pay on arrival. At this stage we don’t have EFTPOS facilities so please bring cash if you are paying on arrival.
- Bring a yoga mat if you have one (we have a few in the studio for hire but as this style makes you sweat it is advised to bring your own mat for hygiene purposes.)
- Bring a small bath towel to use as a prop, some water for afterwards, and wear cool, easy-to-move-in clothes.
- No shoes required. Just clean, bare feet. Please leave your shoes on the stairs as you enter.
- It is advised to shower before class for hygiene and courtesy to others in the room.
- Please refrain from wearing strong smelling perfumes/colognes/aftershaves/deodorants as a consideration to those who have sensitivities.
- As you enter, introduce yourself to the teacher and discuss if you have any injuries or concerns.
- It’s best to arrive to class on an empty stomach and not to sip water throughout your practice but to rehydrate at the end.
- It’s also good to bring an open mind and enthusiasm!
- Please also check out our Getting Started page.
Anyone can practice Ashtanga yoga (except those in some phases of pregnancy – see below for more information about pregnancy and ashtanga yoga). Most of the postures can be modified for injuries. Let us know before class if you have an injury/concern so we can discuss how to modify the postures to give you the most out of class. If you are unsure, please feel welcome to be in touch beforehand to discuss. All you need a willingness to try, take your time and keep at it.
The best classes to start with are our reset class, beginner ashtanga or half primary series ashtanga yoga classes. As a beginner it’s best to avoid the Mysore-style class as it is self-paced and some knowledge of the sequence is requested (no drop-ins please). All other classes are led or guided, and will take you through the positions, following the teacher. Our full primary series class is suitable for you if you are fit and injury free as it can be a challenging class with little teacher demonstration. Check out the timetable for more information.
There is plenty of street parking on Denham and Sturt streets and it’s free to park before 9am and after 5pm weekdays and free on weekends. During office hours (9am -5pm) there is metered parking at $1 per hour.
Our address is Level 1, 80 Denham Street in the city centre of Townsville. We are on the corner of Denham and Sturt Streets, above the Bridal Palace and next to Koala Blue Real Estate. Look for the big brown wooden door on Denham Street. Click here for a map.
Live and Breathe Yoga does have a change room, a shower and bathroom facilities.
For introduction, beginners and led/guided classes it is best to be available for the full length of the class, which are usually one hour and a half. This is so you make the most out of the knowledge that is provided by the teacher and also have a chance to rest after the postures. If you do need to leave early please let the teacher know before class to avoid disruptions.
The Mysore style classes are open for up to two hours. This class is a bit more flexible where you can arrive when you can and leave early if you need to. It is recommended to reserve about an hour and a half to have a fulfilling practice in the studio; however, we understand that life matters can interfere and we feel that whatever time you can dedicate is better than none at all!
We don’t have specific pregnancy yoga classes at Live and Breathe Yoga. If you have practiced ashtanga yoga prior to pregnancy it is ok to continue your ashtanga practice (with modifications) in the Mysore class only. Please contact us prior to attending however to discuss. If you are new to yoga then it is advised to attend a specific pregnancy class. We also highly recommend Hypno Birthing.
Yoga is a combination of physical movement in combination with the breath that will help increase your flexibility over time. Ashtanga yoga works on strength and flexibility together. You do not need to be flexible when you start yoga; however, you will see your range of flexibility increase over time. In the beginning it is a physical practice and over time becomes more subtle, working on calming the mind.